Friday, October 14, 2011

Tort Reform INCREASES Medicare Costs In Texas: FAIL!

EVERY TIME, you Subsidize something, you will get More of Exactly the same thing you were Already getting. You will Not get something Different by throwing More money at it: Especially Govt. Money with its Lousy track record of overseeing what Happens to Govt/Everyone Else's money at Street Level.

And what we've Been buying with Govt Money is massive amounts of Waste, Fraud, and Abuse from Incompetent, Illegally Protected, Drunken and Drugged Up On The Job Doctors who need Hall Monitors to embarrass them into even washing their hands between patients and after the john.

The Republican counter to ObamaCare's seizure of another 18% of our economy includes the Sop of Tort Reform: IE, Limit the financial Damages the aforementioned, Incompetents can be penalized After they've maimed or killed You and Your family. Hello, Republicans, .....

The Truth about 'Tort Reform' is on line three.

How about Answering the Damn Phone?

Fierce Healthcare has;

October 13, 2011 — 1:41pm ET | By

"Despite popular belief, placing medical liability caps on states may not curb healthcare costs, according to yesterday's report by advocacy group Public Citizen.

Called "a failed experiment," according to the report, Texas in 2003 set a $250,000 cap on the amount of damages that injured patients could recover from negligent doctors. Since the state implemented tort reform, Texas hasn't contained spending as intended, but instead saw increases in Medicare spending, according to a Public Citizen press release. Per-enrollee Medicare spending in the state rose 13 percent faster than the national average, and diagnostic testing jumped 25.6 percent faster than the national average, according to the report.

"Health care in Texas has become more expensive and less accessible since the state's malpractice caps took effect," said report author Taylor Lincoln, research director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch division.

Physicians have long argued that limitless malpractice damages prevent doctors from practicing medicine effectively and efficiently and even deter them from practicing at all.

Tom "Smitty" Smith, director of Public Citizen's Texas office, however, said that isn't the case. "This report shows that the rest of the nation should not hold up Texas as a model. The only winners in Texas are the doctors and the insurance companies."

Thank You Fierce Healthcare and Ms Cheung

For more information:
- read the
press release
- read
The Hill blog post
- check out the
report (.pdf)

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